Restoration of Charles W. Morgan gets three coins for good luck

Published on October 10th, 2013

As part of her five-year, multi-million dollar restoration, the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan is taking an important step in her journey back to sea on Thursday, October 17, when the staff at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport (Mystic, CT) will begin the process of stepping the masts.

The moment will be marked by a brief ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Shipyard to present the coins that will be placed under the masts. Maritime tradition holds that a coin should be placed under the base of a mast for good luck. To mark significant events in the Morgan’s history, three coins have been selected for placement…

1841 U.S. Silver Dollar – Representing the original launch of the Morgan.
1941 U.S. Silver Half-Dollar – Signifying the ship’s arrival at Mystic Seaport.
2013 U.S. Silver Dollar – Symbolizing the current restoration.

“Each coin represents a milestone in the Morgan’s important story. The ship has survived arctic ice, fire, hurricanes, and more on her 37 voyages spanning the globe. We hope these coins will continue to protect her as she embarks on what may be the most important mission of her career: carrying a cargo of knowledge to celebrate America’s maritime heritage,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport.

The coins will replace the three coins that were removed when the previous masts were taken out in 2008. They were a 1908 Barber Silver Half Dollar, an Eisenhower Silver Dollar dating from 1971-1977 (corrosion made it impossible to read the specific year), and a 1997 U.S. Silver Dollar. Each coin signifies a mast replacement during the Morgan’s career.

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